The Server Message Block, or SMB, has been the cornerstone of workplace operations for years now. With radical shifts in technology and the way we do business, things are going through changes and fast.

The SMB needs of today need to incorporate this technology. But throwing in new technology without a plan for connection and security is suicide. 

Understanding what pieces need protection, which ones need focus, and how to tie it all together will be what makes or breaks a company. 

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Microsoft has announced that January 14th, 2020, is the official End of Life date for Windows 7. On that day, the company will stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops, and will no longer patch it with security updates.

If you are among the 400 million users still using Windows 7, this news should concern you. The technology will continue to function after the expiration date, but using it will put you at great risk for cybercrime if you continue to use expired Microsoft products.

IT professionals have been talking about the importance of upgrading to Windows 10 to avoid this malicious activity, but that can be a confusing process.

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Technology is inescapable. It’s integrated throughout every facet of our life. From how we work and live our lives, technology will grow for as long as humans continue to advance in their capabilities.

But for many small businesses just starting up, IT operations are probably low on the list of priorities.

As a small business, you might have outsourced IT support. Maybe hired a small IT company, or even a single “IT Guy” to manage your security and maintain your networks - but didn’t worry about investing in an end-to-end cybersecurity solution as much as finding the perfect office space - or the right employees.

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Did you know that 60% of small businesses have had to deal with a ransomware attack, in which entire networks are encrypted and these businesses are having to pay big money to try and get their data back.

Massive amounts of money are being spent on cybercrime activity like ransomware attacks every year.

The thing is, it's relatively easy to protect your business from a Ransomware attack with the right plan in place - but it’s important that small businesses don't think that they're too small to be a victim.

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